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Art Competition

Congresswoman Ashley Hinson (IA-01) is excited to announce we are accepting submissions for the Spring 2021 Congressional Art Competition!

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation and in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students (9th – 12th grade) who reside or attend school in the 1st Congressional District. The winning artwork will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol, alongside winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country. The submission period for the Spring 2021 Congressional Art Competition is now open through April 30th at 5pm.

Artwork Entry Criteria: 

Rules for the Congressional Art Competition are available here

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches, may be up to 4 inches in depth, and not weigh more than 15 pounds. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions.

  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collages - must be two dimensional
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
  • Mixed Media - use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photography

All entries must be original in concept, design and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement) that was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted. Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing).

Submission Deadline and Instructions: 

  • Please submit a high-quality photo in JPG format to IA01.ArtComp@mail.house.govby April 30th at 5pm
  • Make sure to include a copy of the 2021 Student Release Form in PDF format
  •  In the subject line of the email the following information:
    • “Your name - Name of the piece – Medium”
  • Due to COVID-19, we will not be collecting art submissions physically for judging, but the entry criteria should still be followed

Details regarding a reception will be sent to participants via email.

Please contact IA01.ArtComp@mail.house.govwith any questions